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Dessert in the Desert:
HUB Ice Cream Factory

With over 30 creative flavors, HUB Ice Cream
Factory has something for everyone’s pallet.

August 14, 2017

Dessert in the Desert

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. Particularly, we scream for HUB’s ice cream.

When HUB Restaurant opened on Congress Street, people fell in love with its reinvented American cuisine. And for dessert, HUB offered ice cream.

But the ice cream was so good, that it started to cause a problem; a good problem.

“The demand for the ice cream started to build,” Executive Pastry Chef Dominique Stoller said. “HUB would get long lines during restaurant service — for people who just wanted ice cream.”

HUB soon expanded and opened its own ice cream shop across the street from HUB Restaurant, although a select number of flavors are still offered at the restaurant.

“We decided to do ice cream because, for one, it’s fun. I have the best job in the world,” Stoller said. “But we also wanted to do a little more than just ice cream.”

One of HUB’s novelty items is the popular Choco-Taco, which is a house-made cinnamon and nutmeg-spiced waffle cone taco shell, brushed with milk chocolate inside and filled with vanilla bean ice cream. It’s then dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in crushed peanuts.

In addition to ice cream, Stoller also makes novelty items such as cakes and cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies, popsicles, and floats.

Stoller said that everything is made from scratch, with exception to the mix-ins for certain flavors, such as the Oreos in the Oreo Mint Chocolate Chip flavor and the Butterfinger bits in the Chocolate Butterfinger flavor.

If you’ve ever visited HUB Ice Cream Factory, you’ve probably seen some ice cream flavors that you’ve never seen elsewhere.

For example, HUB offers flavors such as Pistachio Orange Blossom, Banana Nutella, and Movie Snacks, which is a brown butter popcorn base layered with M&M’s and chocolate chip cookie dough.

Stoller likes to pay homage to the Old Pueblo by creating Latin-inspired flavors, such as the Strawberry Tres Leches Cake and Mexican Wedding Cookie ice cream flavors. She also created a strawberry-pineapple popsicle, hand-dipped in fresh-made tamarindo, topped with chamoy and tajin.

The Vegan Almond Joy Ice Cream Sandwich. Vegan coconut ice cream is sandwiched between two homemade vegan almond cookies and dipped in vegan dark chocolate.

Stoller also pulls inspiration from her childhood.

“Sometimes I like to think of things from my childhood because I feel like that gets to people. I’m an emotional eater,” she said. Take the Nutter Butter Marshmallow Crunch flavor, for example. “I used to love eating Nutter Butters with marshmallow fluff,” Stoller explained.

Stellar also incorporates many family recipes and vegan flavors into HUB’s treats, and she visits food shows and pastry conventions for inspiration.

The Vegan Coconut Caipirinha Ice Cream is a homemade coconut and key lime ice cream with key lime zest and Cachaca, a Brazilian rum made with raw sugar cane.

HUB’s signature flavors are:

  • Birthday Party — Cake batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles
  • Dark Chocolate — Triple Belgium dark chocolate
  • Sorbet — Seasonal and rotating flavors
  • Bourbon Almond Brittle — Vanilla bean ice cream with Maker’s Mark Bourbon and housemade almond brittle candy
  • Oatmeal Cookie Dough — Vanilla ice cream with oatmeal cookie dough
  • Vanilla Bean — Madagascar vanilla bean specks and cold-pressed vanilla extract
  • Cookies and Cream — Vanilla bean base layered with crushed Oreo cookies
  • Salted Caramel — Salted caramel ice cream with a salted caramel ribbon
  • Vegan Ice Cream — Seasonal and rotating flavors

Aside from their signature flavors, HUB has over 30 other flavors to fall in love with.

Although some flavors are always offered, many are changed out every three months, unless Stoller has an epiphany for a new creation.

The Strawberry-Pineapple Popsicle has an Old Pueblo twist.

As for Stoller’s favorite, she loves the popsicles.

“I’m an adventurous eater,” she said. “The popsicles are fresh and salty and sour. That’s my flavor palette.”

“For ice cream, my favorite is Not Your Granny’s Coconut Cake, which has a coconut cake base with dark chocolate shatter and raspberry jam,” Stoller added.

HUB Ice Cream Factory
245 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701

Dessert in the Desert is a series highlighting desserts in Tucson. The main courses at restaurants get all the rage, as they should, but what about desserts? They deserve a spotlight, too.




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